In the Works

In the Works

The last few days I’ve been out and about – so much so that it has left me little time to write about these interesting events. So let me just leave you a little teaser for now until I get caught up!

Have you seen the new Gilt Home site? Do stop by – it’s live. I’ll tell you more the terrific new relaunch and what you can expect to see soon!

I was honored to be invited to see the spectacular refurbishing of the Governor’s Residence here in Connecticut. Dubbed The People’s Project, this beautiful renovationwas led by a special design team hand picked by Connecticut Cottages and Gardens, and completed through a partnership with the Governor’s Residence Conservancy, a private, non-profit corporation responsible for the preservation, restoration and renovation of the home. …

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Chic Chelsea Harbour

Chic Chelsea Harbour

It would be impossible to discuss interior design in London without mentioning the beautiful Design Centre Chelsea Harbour. Our trip there coordinated with the opening day of FOCUS, their annual design show. This is when we visited the beautiful showrooms of sponsors Samuel Heath and Victoria + Baths, covered here. In addition, most of the showrooms offered something special – discussions, book signings or at least champagne!!

The showrooms are centered around the dramatic lobby/cafe where this beautiful mobile hangs, culminating in the dramatic glass dome atop the building

Beautiful floral arrangements adorned the showrooms

After visiting several, we attended a private talk with Decor 8′s Holly Becker, who offered insights on the genesis of her blog, tips for success and a peek inside the creation of her book.…

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Color Mix at 100% Design

Color Mix at 100% Design

Have you ever wondered how it is that different designers and manufacturers all seem to be on the same color page for a season? Many of you already know about color forecasting but at 100% Design in London, we had a fascinating presentation by Mark Woodman of Global Color Research who took it a step further. He explained how twice a year their global panel meets in London with external experts to establish the palettes two years ahead of time. Then 3 additional meetings are held in Europe, North America and China to tweak the trends for those particular markets. Below, for example, is an example of the “Chinese nuances” for one color way.…

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Welcome to BlogTour

Welcome to BlogTour

Dedicated to Modenus, our sponsors and all my fabulous fellow BlogTour attendees – I miss you all! And to you arm chair travelers, come join us on our wonderful adventure!

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Taking it to the Streets on BlogTour

Taking it to the Streets on BlogTour

Taking a little editorial break today, here are just a few visuals of how some of the design themes translated out and about in London on my recent trip with BlogTour.

The Apple Store in Covent Garden is a fabulous architectural design fusion of old and new. Whose creativity wouldn’t be inspired in this beautiful space.

The Kate Spade store nearby perfectly illustrates the current penchant for bright color and graphic pattern.

More pattern mixing at Liberty

Repurposing of everyday objects is seen in this plumbing pipe coatrack at Liberty

And Karl Lagerfeld’s ubiquitous design is a bright graphic new interpretation of an old favorite.…

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Trending at Tramshed

Trending at Tramshed

Another smaller show celebrating innovative design and authenticity was Tramshed. Located on Rivington Street in the heart of the artsy Shoreditch Design Triangle, this was the second year for the event during the London Design Festival. Although Tramshed offered many seminars and interactive lifestyle discussions, we just managed a quick whirlwind tour through the loft-like space to become familiar with some of the exhibitors. 

Leading the show was De La Espada, a design management firm and manufacturer, representing seven designer-led brands, all focused on high quality contemporary products. The Turkish-based architecture, interior design and product design studio of Autoban was one of my favorites.…

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Originality at Origin: Made not Manufactured

Originality at Origin: Made not Manufactured

One of the most interesting aspects of the London Design Festival was the variety of shows included in the 9 day celebration. From the larger “bigger brand” shows like Decorex and 100% Design to the smaller venues like Origin that showcased the work of artists and artisans, there was inspiration everywhere.

Origin fell more into the latter category. Organized by the Crafts Council, this contemporary crafts fair in Spitalfields represented a wide range of designs from ceramics, furniture, metalwork and glass to fashion accessories, jewelry and knitwear. I love their slogan “Made not manufactured”

One recurring theme was the use of paper. …

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Creative Collaboration: Poggenpohl & C.P. Hart

Creative Collaboration: Poggenpohl & C.P. Hart

As I backtrack a bit here, our first BlogTour morning in London definitely started off on the right foot (yes, pun intended). A walk across the Millennium Bridge on a glorious morning offered a perfect introduction to British design.

Sometimes a picture says it all. Christopher Wren’s magnificent 17th century St. Paul’s cathedral, framed by the 21st century bridge, eloquently sums up my design themes of the trip – juxtaposition of old and new and creative collaboration. Wren’s collaboration was one of styles – for the first time melding elegant continental forms with the previously Gothic predominance in English churches. Wobbly bridge, as it is affectionately known, is a successful creative collaboration between Arup Engineers, Foster and Partners Architects and the sculptor Sir Anthony Caro, resulting in a whole that is equal parts of each discipline, linking St.…

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The Charm of Print & Pattern at TENT London

The Charm of Print & Pattern at TENT London

One of the most popular booths at TENT London had to be Mini Moderns. Their cheerful range of wallpaper, textiles and home accessories just oozes with charm. The mix and match designs are a comfortable mix of retro and modern, giving them a universal appeal. As they say, they create “homeware for design conscious families” – perfect!!

I just love this new Festival wallpaper celebrating the 60th anniversary of the 1951 Festival of Britain exhibition. See how the tableware coordinates?

A creative collaboration with homewares brand, Magpie, the Whitby porcelain grouping is a true mix and match collection – no two pieces are alike.…

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Temptation from TENT London: Eclectic Excellence

Temptation from TENT London: Eclectic Excellence

As I look back through my photos from TENT London, I am amazed to see the incredible assortment of eclectic excellence. Some companies showed impressive uses of technological advancements. I loved Ditto, a revolutionary new 3D modular product from Danish company 3form. The fabulous orange notwithstanding, I adored the unlimited level of customization this offered. From partitions or room dividers to wall features or art pieces, the variations are endless.

The majority of the producers, however, were focussed on more handmade or artisanal craftsmanship. Bodo Sperlein’s luminous ceramics for Nikko were beautiful. Another successful example of creative collaboration – between a British designer and Japanese company.…

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